Working with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, KCI provided site/civil, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering; surveying; and hazardous waste services for the design and construction of a new 105,000-square-foot, 204-unit Bachelor Enlisted Quarters and a 9,000-square-foot Enlisted Dining Facility to support Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.
Prior to construction, an existing dining facility, hangar and various temporary structures were demolished. Design plans included all required utilities to provide water, sanitary sewer and gas service. Engineers utilized Low Impact Development (LID) strategies for stormwater management, which also had to meet Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Energy Independence and Security Act requirements. Special accommodations were made within the design to accommodate the building’s location along an active airfield.
Due to the building’s location near an active airfield, the overall building height was limited leaving little space between floors for mechanical and electrical infrastructure.
Benjamin P. Becker, PE, CxAMechanical Engineer
Mechanical plans for the residential facility called for a four pipe chilled and heating water system, two condensing high efficiency natural gas fired hot water boilers, two high efficiency magnetic bearing chillers, and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). A wet-pipe automatic sprinkler system and digital addressable fire alarm system with mass notification features provides fire protection for the building. Electrical engineering included power distribution, lighting with occupancy sensors, lightning protection, inside plant telecommunications and a CATV system. The building design was executed in 3-D using Revit to facilitate coordination during design.
The construction followed UFC 4-721-10 Navy and Marine Bachelor Housing, and sustainable design principles to meet LEED 3.0 Silver requirements. Anti-terrorism force protection (AT/FP) setbacks and design criteria identified in the latest edition of UFC 4-010-01 were met.